Events

On this page we list events relevant to Equality and Inclusion, whether at the University, such as those held by the Staff Networks, in the wider Leeds area, or beyond. Know of an event which you think should be listed? Contact equality@leeds.ac.uk to let us know, and we can add it to our calendar.

For information on key religious dates, awareness raising dates, term dates and major national and international days of celebration or memorial, the Festivals and Events Calendar has been developed as a practical resource to use as a guide to support academic and wider event planning. Go to the Festivals and Events Calendar page.

South Asian Heritage Month is an awareness month that runs from 18 July to 17 August every year.  It had its inaugural year in 2020.  It’s aim is to raise the profile of British South Asian heritage and history in the UK through education, arts, culture and commemoration.  The ultimate goal is to support people…

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UK Black Pride (UKBP) is a Black gay pride event that has taken place since 2005 in London. It is Europe’s largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean heritage lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people attracting nearly 8,000 annually. It was founded by Phyllis Akua Opoku-Gyimah, also known as…
22 June 2021 marks the fourth national Windrush Day and 73 years since the first Caribbean migrants arrived to the UK to help re-build Britain after the Second World War. Windrush Day is an observed day (not a bank holiday) introduced in June 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the Windrush migration. It was instituted following…
Carers Week takes place between 7-13 June 2021. It is an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers who have caring responsibilities for one or more children or other family members. Caring can be hugely rewarding but it can also be a challenging experience. The impact of caring for…
17 May is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBiT).  The day is marked worldwide, including in 37 countries where same-sex acts are still illegal.  The day was created in 2004 as a response to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, as well as all other people with…
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from Monday 10th – Sunday 16th May 2021 and the theme this year is ‘Nature’. Mental health has become more relevant to all our lives during the pandemic.  This year, get involved in Mental Health Awareness week by connecting with nature.  Going for walks…
The first ever Black Inclusion Week takes place between 10 and 16 May 2021. The aim is to tackle inequalities and celebrate Black Inclusion. The murder of George Floyd which was caught on video in the US not only motivated protests all over the UK, but it also ignited a national debate over Britain’s history….
Our students and staff from the Muslim faith will be observing the month of Ramadan over the period 12 April – 11 May 2021.  Our students and staff from the Muslim faith will be observing the month of Ramadan (a period of fasting) this year over the period 12 April – 11 May 2021. The exact…
Wednesday 31 March 2021 marks Trans Day of Visibility (TDoV), which takes place every year to celebrate trans and non-binary people, and raise awareness of discrimination faced by trans people worldwide. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is…
Women of Achievement Awards ceremony 2021 The Women of Achievement Awards support the University’s Equality and Inclusion Framework objectives towards the recruitment, retention and advancement of women across the University. This year we are especially pleased that Professor Simone Buitendijk, our Vice-Chancellor, will give a welcome and introduction to the award ceremony, which will be…
Officially marked on Monday 8 March, celebrations and events will be virtually showcased all week to mark this event. Look out for this year’s theme of #ChooseToChallenge which will be used across all sectors to promote the day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality and we can all…